Hybrids tend to provide an effective compromise between support and comfort.
Hybrid Mattresses refers to inner spring mattresses that contain foam. Hybrids often provide a more supportive feel than all foam mattresses. Hybrids provide relief from pain, especially back pain. Hybrids distribute weight well and motion isolation is good.
Hybrid mattresses can offer excellent comfort and support at a lower price tag. The beauty of a Hybrid Mattress is that the concept follows a minimalist approach. With a fairly inexpensive base or supportive layer as to provide the underlying support intermixed with a softer subtler foam layer to provide comfort. These soft layers of comfortable foam and supportive inner spring combine the best of both worlds.
The two materials are different, thus the term “hybrid”, but the overall effect is to deliver the same level of comfort than if the mattress were made from the same material top to bottom. The Hybrid Mattress are likely to be considerably less expensive and lighter in weight.
When considering a Hybrid, the density and degree of firmness or softness of support foams does matter. No matter what you have on top, you want the foams that have an ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) of 28-32. This level of firmness/softness seems to fall in the comfort range of a person of typical weight and height. ILD measures how hard or soft the memory will be. It is calculated by measuring how many pounds of pressure it takes to indent a four inch think piece of foam by 25%. If you are a larger framed individual, ask for ILD’s in the range of 36-44, as they will provide better support and reduce the chances of sagging.